What are superbugs, and how can we protect us from it?

“Superbugs” is a term used to describe strains of bacteria that are resistant to the majority of antibiotics. Resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia, urinary tract infections, skin infections etc

Antibiotic resistance is a naturally occurring phenomenon that can be slowed, but not stopped. Over time, bacteria adapt to the drugs that are designed to kill them and change to ensure their survival. This makes previously standard treatments for bacterial infections less effective, and in some cases, ineffective.

Certain actions may accelerate the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as:

Using or misusing antibiotics

Having poor infection prevention and control practices

Living or working in unsanitary conditions

Mishandling food

We can tackle antibiotic resistance by:

Using antibiotics as directed and only when needed

Completing the full treatment course, even if feel better

Never sharing antibiotics with others

Never using leftover prescriptions


Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.